Side Hustling

Side Hustling #8 – Renting Rooms

Side Hustling #8 – Renting Rooms

I cannot believe that it is time for part 8 in my Side Hustling series.  This week we hear another excellent interview with Jane from Shoestring Cottage.  She tells us how changes in her family situation presented her with a money making opportunity.

 

Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Jane and I live in north Essex with my partner Justin and 2 cats. We have 3 grown up daughters. I blog at www.shoestringcottage.com about about getting off the consumer treadmill, growing our own food and living a truly wealthy life through frugality and simplicity.

 

I also write about how we make extra money to enable us to do the things we love to do. Now that the girls have all but moved out, we rent out their old rooms. We have done this in two ways: by taking in foreign language students on a short term basis and by renting to longer term lodgers.

 

What was your motivation for starting?

We wanted to make some extra money to put into our emergency fund and to enable us to do the things we enjoy, such as going on days out, having weekends away and taking regular holidays.

 

How much time do you put into it?

The lodgers take very little time and tend to look after themselves, although there is some work involved in advertising and showing people round initially. The students are more labour intensive, as they require their meals prepared, their laundry done and time spent chatting to them to help improve their English.

 

What’s been the highlight so far?

We have met so many interesting people from all over the world! It is fascinating to learn about other people’s ways and cultures, and to see them growing in confidence as they develop their language skills. I would really recommend taking in foreign students. We see many of them as friends and keep in touch, as we do with our lodgers. They become like one of the family.

 

How about the biggest challenge?

We have been lucky in that most of our guests have been lovely. However, many of the language students are teenagers away from home for the first time. You are responsible for their well being. We have had a couple who have pushed the boundaries and stayed out later than they should. One 17 year old rolled in very drunk at 1 am. You need to be prepared to set clear ground rules. After this early experience, we set out our expectations very clearly as soon as they arrived and have had no trouble since.

 

What would you say to someone considering a similar route?

You need to be friendly, welcoming and tolerant when you invite a stranger to live in your home. This is especially important with the younger foreign students, who may be extremely nervous.

 

What does the future hold for this venture?

We plan to continue to earn money by renting our rooms out for the foreseeable future. It is handy extra income and enjoyable too.

 

And where can we find you?

You can find me on my blog at www.shoestringcottage.com, on Twitter @shoestringjane, on Instagram @shoestringcottage and on my Facebook page too – https://www.facebook.com/shoestringjane.

 

Are you feeling inspired yet?

Every week I ask this because we hear from amazing people you are making the most of the opportunities presented to them.  Jane saw the opportunity to make money from her home and hospitality and it sounds like she’s doing very well from it.  Thank you so much, Jane!  It has been fascinating to hear your story.

 

If you want to catch up on the rest of the series make sure you click the Side Hustling tab above.  If you’ve got an interesting way to make money and want to take part in this series then email me at: charlotte@lookingafteryourpennies.com .

 

Got more questions?  Comment below!

 

Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

Side Hustling #8 - Renting Rooms.  Read how Jane from Shoestring Cottage is making money renting rooms in her house.  For more tips and ideas on finding your new side hustle, read on.  #sidehustle #renting #makingmoney #debtfree #budget

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Side Hustling #7 – Story Selling

Side Hustling #7 – Story Selling

This series surprises me week after week.  I think I know most of the ways there are to make money then I interview someone else and learn something new.  This week is no exception as yet again I have found a new way to make money from home.  I’ll hand over to this week’s interviewee to share more.

 

Tell us a little about yourself

Hello, I’m Fiona and I blog at www.savvyinsomerset.com.

I live in Somerset with my husband and baby daughter.

My biggest strength when it comes to money saving is slashing the cost of groceries – I do everything from using coupons to raiding the yellow sticker shelf last thing at night and this means we eat really well on a tight budget. Money saving aside I love quizzing, drinking cocktails and eating pizza.

 

What’s your side hustle?

In the last few years I’ve managed to get myself featured in a variety of magazines and newspapers. In some cases I was selling a story, others I was a case study and sometimes I’ve been replying to a dilemma in a ‘What would you do’ section.

 

What was your motivation for starting?

While it doesn’t provide regular income, it can be a great way to make a large amount of money in a short space of time, especially if you have an interesting story to tell and I’m always interested in making a bit of extra cash on the side!

 

The first time I applied to a magazine to be featured it was as simple as seeing an advert on Facebook with an email address looking for people with interesting health stories to get in touch. I sent a quick email with an outline of my story and they got in touch immediately to say they could use it. After that whenever I see something that could get featured for I send an email or comment on Facebook.

 

How much time do you put into it?

The best thing about this side hustle is it can make you a large amount of money in short amount of time.

I’ll use the magazine health story as an example.

I wrote one email which took about half an hour. This was followed by 45 minute phone call to get the details of my story and then a 20 minute phone call for a read back to make sure I was happy with everything, so in total about an hour and half. See my full post on the ins and outs below.

How I made £200 being in a Women’s Magazine

 

And what sort of money are you making?

For the story about my health which I sold to a women’s magazine I was paid £200. The story took up around a third of a double page spread – so not very long or detailed. Bigger stories that take up a whole double page spread can earn you as much as £500 – obviously this is the journalist writing the story and you getting paid for them using it (you don’t need to do any writing).

 

I have also been a case study for a story in the Daily Mail which paid £100 and involved an interview over the phone and photo shoot at my house – they sent a makeup artist and photographer to me but will also pay for you to travel to London for a shoot if needed – usually if you need to be photographed with other people.

 

Magazines often run photo competitions and dilemmas too. This pays much less – around £25 or £30 for each although it’s harder to get chosen as a lot more people apply for these as it’s so quick and easy and often featured on social media where a lot of people see it.

 

What’s the highlight been so far?

Getting my hair and make-up done by a professional makeup artist when I did a case study for the Daily Mail was pretty awesome. I was eight months pregnant at the time and it was really nice to have a little bit of pampering!

 

How about the biggest challenge?

Firstly this isn’t a consistent way to make money. Some magazines and newspapers will stipulate that your story can’t have been published anywhere else before. They may also state that you can’t sell it on to another magazine or newspaper for at least six months after they publish it and some newspapers will only work with you as a case study once a year.

 

It can also be a bit scary having your name, face and story out there, especially if you’re talking about something controversial. If you ever appear in any of the big newspapers I strongly advise avoiding the comments section!

 

What would you say to someone considering a similar route?

If you think you have a genuine story to sell then go for it! Women’s magazines love stories about cheating husbands, miracle babies and even spooky ghostly encounters. Daily newspapers have to continually provide a huge amount of content so are always looking for people to feature –  especially if you have a story that is relevant to current events – for example getting married at the same wedding venue as a celebrity.

If this is something you are interested in doing here are a few ways you can go about it:

  • Follow and like lots of magazines on Facebook and Twitter. They are always doing shout outs for various stories and things they would like to feature. Seasonality also plays a part – September would be a great time to pitch a story a Christmas Dinner Disaster.
  • If you think you have a particularly juicy story you can email magazines directly – there are usually contact details on their websites.
  • There are groups on Facebook where journalists do regular shout outs – Feature Me! UK is a great example of this.
  • Follow the Hashtag on twitter such as #journorequest

 

What does the future hold for this venture?

While some may argue that online media is fast overtaking traditional print publications both types still need to constantly churn out masses of content on a daily basis. Even if you don’t think you have a story to sell right now, anything could happen in the future that might mean one day you do have a story sell. This article about the lady who captured an amazing picture of the royal family on Christmas morning is a perfect example of this and how one small picture could completely change your life.

 

And where can we find you?

I blog at www.savvyinsomerset.com and you can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Are you feeling inspired yet?

A massive thank you to Fiona for sharing this with us.  Yet another way to make money from home that I hadn’t thought of.  I’m now racking my brains to see if I have any interesting stories to sell, but I will definitely be following the advice above.  A very thorough interview!  Thank you!

 

Got more questions?  Comment below!

 

Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

Side Hustling - Story Selling. Learn how Fiona makes money selling stories to magazines and newspapers. #makingmoney #sidehustle

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Side Hustling #6 – Household Money Saving (Online Surveys)

Side Hustling #6 – Household Money Saving (Online Surveys)

Woo!  It is #SideHustlingSaturday again!  This is proving to be one of my favourite posts each week, mostly because I start my weekend so inspired by the potential money making opportunities out there.  If this is the first one, you’ve seen make sure that you take a look at the other interviews.  

 

Today we hear from Pete who is going to tell us how his circumstances encouraged him to find another way to make money other than the 9-5.  AND he is doing very well with it!  Have a read!

 

Tell us a little about yourself

I’m Pete, I live in the south-east and I work full-time as a Civil Servant. I’m married with 3 children, all under the age of 10.

 

I use various ways to make extra money in my free time, but my favourite way is through completing surveys. I now belong to over 25 sites but use some far more than others.

 

What was your motivation for starting?

For family reasons, I decided to cut down on the number of night shifts I worked which meant less money. So completing surveys meant a way of earning some of that money back. Plus, because I work for the government, I haven’t seen a decent pay rise in over 8 years!

 

How much time do you put into it?

It really varies. Weekdays can be 1-2 hours each day. It can be longer depending on what’s available. I have completed individual surveys that take over 90 minutes and these tend to pay quite well. Weekends are pretty poor for surveys and it’s very rare that I do over 30 minutes on either day. I belong to several sites where surveys take just a couple of minutes to complete. That means I can earn during a break at work or waiting outside the school gates.

 

And what sort of money are you making?

The highlight is the different products I have tested. It’s great to be sent free stuff and get paid! I have already earned enough in Amazon vouchers this year to cover all the kid’s Christmas presents, which relieves a lot of stress.

 

How about the biggest challenge?

Some of the surveys can be boring and very repetitive and it takes quite some effort to get through them. I find that taking a break for a couple of days can really help.

 

What would you say to someone considering a similar route?

Try plenty of different survey sites. They pay differing amounts and some sites have far more interesting surveys compared to others. It’s a matter of persevering until you find the right sites for you. And don’t expect to start testing products straight away, it takes a little time.

 

What does the future hold for this venture?

I’m going to carry on and find more sites to join. The extra money is a real help and it’s pain-free.

 

And where can we find you?

Website: https://householdmoneysaving.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moneysaverpete/

 

Are you feeling inspired yet?

Thank you Pete!  Another inspirational interview!  I’ve always thought that surveys were a small change kind of game but this shows that with time and commitment you can earn some serious money from them.  Excellent work!

 

Got more questions?  Comment below!

 

Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

Side Hustling part 6. This week we hear from Pete from Household Money Saving. He explains how he is making money at home from online surveys. #makingmoney #sidehustle

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Side Hustling #5 – MamaFurFur

Side Hustling #5 – MamaFurFur

I’ve got another cracking interview for you this week from the Side Hustling series.  A couple of weeks back we heard from Laura who sells hand-embroidered T-shirts on Etsy.  Today we hear from another Etsy seller with a difference.  Check out how Jennifer is using this platform to make money:

 

Tell us a little about yourself

Hi! I’m Jennifer, and you could catagorise me as a mid/late Thirties Working Mum with two young boys under age of 6, one husband and two cats who is striving to help other people similar to myself gain financial & time freedom through smarter financial & lifestyle choices.

 

What’s your side hustle?

I’m a huge believer of side hustles and multiple ones! Everyone could have one, no excuse or reason not to with internet and business ideas so easy to put into action in this technology age right now. Particularly if there is a way to not exchange time for increase in money, I support that so you can really see the benefit of time freedom to create incomes. Currently my favourite one is investing in a Lifestyle strategy fund with Vanguard which automatically generates more income for us each month through the stock exchange changes, but I also set up an Etsy store with downloadable Home Inspirational quote artwork, and you can also find my own financial planning products (spreadsheets and guides) there for others to purchase.

 

What was your motivation for starting?

With my Etsy store, I actually wanted to help others find a product that would help them with financial planning and household budgeting when I couldn’t find one good enough for my needs. That then turned into motivational quotes as well, as I loved them in my own home and to inspire me.

 

How much time do you put into it?

After setting up my store and creating the products, which took approximately 3-4 hours max, I just maintain it every few weeks and check that products download still OK and no customer enquiries through the Etsy portal.

 

And what sort of money are you making?

Promotion to my Etsy store is via my Youtube channel and blog supporting my own financial freedom journey being documented and where I share my thoughts to help others achieve similar. I’m in the beginning stages, and each month it is increasing, but as of this month currently £100-200 from Etsy alone.

 

What’s the highlight been so far?

When anyone purchases my financial planning and household budgeting bundles, and they say they love them and it has helped them, that truly makes my day and I realise my goal for doing some good in the world is coming to light!

 

How about the biggest challenge?

Really the only challenge for me is trying to find more of my ideal customers who might need the products I create, but that will come organically I am very sure. Where effort and passion goes, energy seems to flow.

 

What would you say to someone considering a similar route?

Absolutely go for it! Etsy stores are simple to set up, and you can do physical and non-physical products. Try to solve a problem for someone, then design it and sell it.

 

What does the future hold for this venture?

I see only more good things happening in the fact that I’m helping people with my products. I truly believe that the products I use every month with my own family, that you can purchase on my store, make a difference to how people feel about money and their household organisation, and ultimately help them achieve their true goals in life. When the intention is wholesome, people hopefully find it of value.

 

And where can we find you?

You can find my blog and Youtube channel over at www.mamafurfur.com or youtube.com/c/mamamfurfur, and then my socials are mainly @mamafurfur (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram). I would love to help others who might be interested in achieving financial and time freedom for their lives, so they can design the life of their dreams. It doesn’t matter the budget or income, it is what you do with it that counts!

 

Are you feeling inspired yet?

Thank you so much, Jennifer!  This interview has definitely given me the nudge I need to finish my digital products and get them on Etsy.  This is a particularly good way to extend the money making potential of your blog and earn some passive income.  Very inspiring!

 

Got more questions?  Comment below!

 

Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

The fifth part in the Side Hustling series looks at how to sell digital products on Etsy. If you need ideas for new side hustles and ways to make money then you need to read more. #sidehustling #makingmoney #lookingafteryourpennies

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Side Hustling #4 – Matched Betting

Side Hustling #4 – Matched Betting

Hello again!  And welcome back to part four of my series Side Hustling.  This week we hear from Melissa who is going to tell us about her money making venture.  It is a good one this!

 

Tell us a little about yourself

Hi, My name is Melissa Bradbury and I run my personal finance website Mel’s Money Saving and Bargains, as well as a daily deals page of the same name. Here you will find deals, discounts and tips from all over the web.

 

What’s your side hustle?

Matched Betting.

 

What was your motivation for starting?

I did what people usually do when they are looking to earn some extra cash and consulted twitter! At first, I wasn’t sure whether to trust what people were saying, so I thought I would read through some blogs of well-known influencers. I was really surprised that you could earn so much in your spare time and thought that I would give it a bash myself.

 

How much time do you put into it?

About 3-4 hours per week, sometimes longer during big events. The beauty is that I can pick and choose when I put the time in though, so it fits in just right with a busy person.

 

And what sort of money are you making?

Now that I have done the initial sign ups its around £400 – £500 per month.

 

What’s the highlight been so far?

Winning £119 on free spins.

 

How about the biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge has been taking in the whole process. There are new things to learn all the time with matched betting and it must be right so that you don’t lose anything.

What would you say to someone considering a similar route?

I would say go for it! Take the time to read through everything carefully and get your head straight so that you know what you are doing as there is a lot of information.

 

What does the future hold for this venture?

I will just keep on doing it for as long as possible as it is a great way of earning some extra cash, equal to a part time job, but on your terms.

 

And where can we find you?

Website: https://melsmoneysavingandbargains.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelsMoneySaving

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/melsmoneysavingbargains/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/melsmoneysavingandbargains/

 

Are you feeling inspired yet?

Yes!  Every time I post a new one of these I get a renewed urge to go and make more money.  Melissa has found a side hustle that works for her and she is making some serious money from it.  Thank you, Melissa!

 

Got more questions?  Comment below!

 

Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

If you are looking for a UK side hustle that you can do at home and online to make extra cash, then this one might be for you. Check out part 4 in my Side Hustling series. #sidehustle #makingmoney #debtfree #lookingafteryourpennies

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Side Hustling #3 – Tee Party

Side Hustling #3 – Tee Party

It’s time for part 3 in my Side Hustling series.  This week we hear from a fellow money blogger about how she has turned her hobby into a successful side hustle.  Once again, I will leave it to the expert to explain all.

 

Tell us a little about yourself

I’m Laura, I’m a 25 year old Londoner and avid side-hustler.  I love a project and always have something going on alongside my day job as a Sales Manager. I have recently started my blog, thriftylondoner.com where I write about millennial personal finance, making and saving money, and making the most of your money in the capital.

 

What’s your side hustle?

My side hustle that I’m going to speak about is my t-shirt business, Tee Party, where I hand embroider personalised t-shirts and sell them on Etsy. Customers can either purchase my existing designs, or have the option to create something completely bespoke.

 

What was your motivation for starting?

I picked up some embroidery thread and a hoop one day and thought I would give it a go! After a colleague saw my hand embroidered t-shirt she asked if she could buy one for her friend and it all went from there! I decided to open up an Etsy store along with an Instagram page and the rest is history.

 

How much time do you put into it?

The t-shirts do take a lot of time to hand embroider, but my stitching has got quicker as time has gone on. I used to put a lot of effort into my Instagram page and creating new designs, but as I try to grow other side hustles (blogging and freelance writing) the business has taken a bit of a back seat. Last Christmas it felt like I was embroidering every spare hour of the day- luckily I love doing it! Nowadays I notice that orders usually come through around payday, so that is when I am busiest, I would say at the moment I spend around 2 hours a week on the business on average.

 

And what sort of money are you making?

In my first year I made around £800 profit, I was pleased with this as I love doing embroidery anyway- it is something that helps me unwind and you can do it whilst watching TV.

 

What’s the highlight been so far?

The highlight so far was The Connaught Hotel commissioning some hand embroidery.  I was blown away to work on some very special projects with them. Their bar is rated in the top 5 bars of the world so it was an honour to embroider some cocktail napkins for them. This project all came about through the power of Instagram – I would recommend the platform to anyone who has a craft business.

 

How about the biggest challenge?

I think the biggest challenge was realising that I had to slow things down with this business to put my focus on blogging and freelance writing which is where I am hoping my career will eventually go. It was a tough decision, but unfortunately hand embroidery is very time consuming and it is not something that is sustainable as a full time income.

 

What would you say to someone considering a similar route?

Just do it. Set up a store, set up an Instagram and spread the word!

 

What does the future hold for this venture?

I’m hoping that the orders continue to come through as they are doing now.  I love making some side-hustle money from a hobby that I am passionate about.

 

And where can we find you?

You can find my blog at http://thriftylondoner.com/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/thriftylondoner/

Twitter https://twitter.com/thrifty_london

Etsy Instagram https://www.instagram.com/teepartyclothing/

 

Are you feeling inspired yet?

I am!  Laura has turned a hobby she loves into a profit.  Combining these two makes making money less of chore and more of a pleasure.  Well done Laura and good luck for the future!

 

Got more questions?  Comment below!

 

Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent financial advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

Third part in my series "Side Hustling." This edition comes from Laura who talks about how to make a profit from Etsy selling. #etsy #sidehustle #lookingafteryourpennies

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Side Hustling #2 – Capital Creations at Bricklink

Side Hustling #2 – Capital Creations at Bricklink

In the second part of my series Side Hustling we hear from Andrew, a fellow blogger and money nerd. Andrew has found a great way to turn a hobby into income.  Read on to find out more.

 

Related posts:

Side Hustling #1 – The Happy Book Club

7+ Awesome Side Hustles for Teachers to Help You Retire Early

 

Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Andrew Young and primarily I write a personal finance blog called Capital Matters. My aim with the blog is to share some of my money saving tips and encourage long term investing. Blogging was probably something I should have started ages ago. I’ve always loved writing and I’ve been told I’m pretty good at it too. Who’d have known I’d go from writing stories about a sentient lamp when I was 8 years old to writing a personal finance blog. I’m going to get those Lamp stories published one day, I swear. I’ve always wanted to run my own business. Despite the problems that naturally arise from being a business owner, I think the freedom and satisfaction you can get from it more than cover the downsides. Aside from business, I’d probably consider myself a film nerd, an Apple fanatic and I probably drink far too much tea.

 

What’s your side hustle?

My side hustle is Lego selling through the website Bricklink. Bricklink is a great community of Lego buyers and sellers who are really enthusiastic about the plastic brick. I sell both used and new Lego through my online store, Capital Creations. Whilst I buy some discounted sets to resell, I primarily make money by parting-out. Basically that means buying a set and selling all the parts/minifigures separately for more money overall. A lot of buyers on Bricklink build their own creations and are on the lookout for individual parts. Bricklink is a great resource for this. Especially if you’re looking for a rare part or large quantities of one part.

 

What was your motivation for starting?

It was a combination of factors. First and foremost I saw an opportunity to generate income. The Lego product was a good fit for me because I’ve always been enthusiastic about the product. I don’t remember my first set specifically but I have vivid memories of building with Lego throughout my childhood. The interest wained over the years until I spotted the race green Lego Mini in a store a few years ago. It reinvigorated my enthusiasm pretty much instantly. There was also one very specific event which pushed me to open the store. I was clearing out a lot of my old stuff and I came across some of my Lego minifigures. I knew that some old minifigures were now worth hundreds so I priced them on Bricklink. It turned out I had the ultra-rare Lego Boba Fett minifig with printed arms and legs. It was released as part of the Star Wars Cloud City Set from 2003. The set didn’t sell very well at the time but if you had one now it would be worth thousands. That discovery pushed me over the edge. I decided to open the store but ironically I never sold the Boba Fett. I couldn’t part ways with it.

 

How much time do you put into it?

It really depends on if I’m in a buying or selling phase. Setting up the store and organising new stock is the biggest time consumer. I couldn’t honestly tell you how many hours I put in at the start. If I’m in a buying phase, I have to spend time organising the parts. I’d say it takes me a couple of hours to organise a medium-sized lego set. But I quickly learned that buying multiple small sets is better than buying one large set. It’s easier to sort and you can easily build depth of stock. You will end up with multiples of each part which is great on Bricklink. If I’m in a selling phase, the time spent is dependent on the number of orders I receive. If I get an order I can usually pick, pack and post the Lego within a few hours.

 

And what sort of money are you making?

I’m making a small amount of income at the moment but I’ve started receiving a few big orders which is motivating. I aim to provide really unbeatable customer service so that has definitely contributed to a growth in sales. A growing quantity of stock also helps. I currently have over 8000 parts for sale.

 

What’s been the highlight so far?

The highlight has probably been the global selling. Whilst I mostly sell to UK-based buyers, I’ve sent Lego to the likes of Belgium, Germany and China.

 

How about the biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge was getting over the hurdle of initial stock-building. When the stock take is low, it’s naturally difficult to generate sales. Plus, on Bricklink, reviews are really important. When you haven’t sold anything, you don’t really have any legs to stand on to convince a potential buyer other than a competitive price. But when I got that first sale, it was exciting and motivating. It still is. If you’re a good seller, the Bricklink market rewards you for that. There continues to be challenges of course. But staying organised and maintaining good customer service really reduces those problems to near nil.

 

What would you say to someone considering a similar route?

If you want a part-time side hustle that doesn’t require a lot of stockroom space, Bricklink is a great one to try. Of course, it’s easier to do well with Bricklink if you’re actually interested in Lego. I’d always suggest selling something you are interested in yourself. Like any new venture, mindset is really key for keeping yourself motivated, especially at the start. The marketplace is huge but competition is high. Be a really good seller. Go above and beyond for your customers and you will be rewarded. Just remember that this is not a passive income project. It does require ongoing work.

 

What does the future hold for this venture?

My aim is to continue to grow my Lego store inventory and maintain good customer service to drive more sales. Naturally, I will keep an eye on the state of the Lego reselling industry. Whilst I think this product and Lego reselling is a venture that will continue to generate income for a long time, it is always a good idea to stay informed.

 

And where can we find you?

Twitter: @andrewyoung0811

Personal Finance Website: https://www.capitalmatters.co.uk

Bricklink Store: Capital Creations

 

Are you feeling inspired yet?

I hope so!  This is an excellent example of a young man seeing an opportunity and taking it.  Andrew is taking an interest and turning it into cash.  He is seeing his business grow and extend across the world.  Thank you for sharing, Andrew!

 

Got more questions?  Comment below!

Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent financial advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

In the second part of my Side Hustling series, we hear from Andrew who uses a website called Bricklink to make money. Have a read and get inspired. #sidehustling #sidehustle #money #lookingafteryourpennies

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Side Hustling #1 – The Happy Book Club

Side Hustling #1 – The Happy Book Club

Here it is!  The first in my new series: Side Hustling.  This series will bring you interviews with people who have started a side hustle and will look at their motivations, successes and challenges.  My hope is that you will find these stories inspirational and encouraging.  Side hustles require time, effort and sometimes money but what you get from them can be so rewarding.

 

In this first edition we hear from Matthew, a good friend and (day-job) colleague of mine.  I’ll let him explain what he does.  But I personally think it’s marvellous!

 

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Tell us a little about yourself.

My wife and I are both teachers and, having had a baby, we fell in love with picture books. We realised that we could combine our love of books, our education background, and the gap in the ever-growing market of subscription services, to create a new, special book club. I always like to be doing something new or challenging so setting up a business seemed to complement my personality very well.

What’s your side hustle?

The Happy Book Club sends out themed book packages every month for children aged 0-7. All packages are hand-wrapped, come with activity suggestions, a charity donation and, depending on the package, you get a gift/craft as well! It’s more than just a book club!

What was your motivation for starting?

Just trying something new, I guess. Teaching can be very relentless and consuming. I think I wanted something else to focus on professionally, really.

How much time do you put into it?

Well I still work full time. So not as much as I would like. But when the little one’s asleep, I’ll bust out some more work, whether it be updating the website, getting in touch with promoters, sorting out book packages etc. There is always something to do. As one marketing expert said to me: ‘You need a lot of time or a lot of money to make a business work well’. As I don’t have a lot of money, I’ll just have to be patient!

And what sort of money are you making?

We’ve just started breaking even. Indeed if money is your only motivation then you might need to be patient. We’ve been doing this for about 20 months now and the business is now growing organically. It was quite some time before we started knowing with confidence that this was worth our time!

What’s been the highlight so far?

The feedback has been absolutely amazing. As we’re taking our time (because we don’t have much spare!) we want to make sure our business model and our product are perfect. Last year we were awarded the gold award for The Best Subscription Gift by Mumii and we’ve also featured in Green Parent Magazine, Glamour and lots of other blogging sites. But generally, the best highlight is the pride we’ve felt as our business has grown.

How about the biggest challenge?

It’s quite easy to motivate yourself initially when you have what you think is a great idea. And also quite easy when customers start returning and people start recommending your product. But the bit in between was very challenging. Motivating yourself to persist when you’ve put in a lot of work and when you have very few customers takes a fair bit of soul-searching!

What would you say to someone considering a similar route?

We grew our business from nothing. From building a website, building relationships with publishers, marketing, packaging… everything. Doing it this way, you build up the product you know about and care about. I would recommend that if you’re starting a business, you do everything yourself first.

What does the future hold for this venture?

Who knows?! I’ll have a bit more time next year to invest into it, which I’m looking forward to.

And where can we find you?

Our website is www.happybookclub.com and we’re on all the social media pages. If you want to buy a package, quote HAPPYCHARLOTTE for 10% off your order!

 

Are you feeling inspired yet?

You should be.  The Happy Book Club is an example of two people getting out there and making good things happen.  They are challenging themselves and are rewarded by learning new things and seeing their dream become a reality.  I wish them all the best in the future!  Thank you, Matthew!

Got more questions?  Comment below!

 

Disclaimer:  Remember the information you read here does not represent financial advice.  Any ideas or suggestions are just that and may not work for you.  Read the full disclaimer here.

Thinking of setting up your own subscription box service? Then hear from these guys who started their own business as their side hustle. Find out how you could use your skills, knowledge and time to turn your idea into a money making venture. #subscriptionbox #money #sidehustle #lookingafteryourpennies

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